She did it! She actually did! Holly Black created a book that’s much better than its predecessors.
Ironside is the last book from Black’s Modern Faerie Tales series, and it holds more fantasy elements than both Tithe and Valiant. Most importantly, it develops each and every main character from the first book. (It even develops Luis from Valiant.) Ironside tackles all unanswered questions while maintaining the vivid story telling techniques that made Black’s work so desirable in the first place. This book is easily one of my favorite Young Adult novels at the moment.
Ironside is so enjoyable, I have nothing negative to say about it. Throughout the novel, the protagonist Kaye and her friend Corny cope with their personal dilemmas while interacting with the fey to bring order between the faerie courts. Kaye has an identity crisis. She’s not the Kaye that she is led to believe for so many years, so she’s obligated to reveals her inhuman self to her mother. Corny is grieving from the lost of his sister and acts out by losing his compassion and participates in drastic situations. Both Kaye and Corny stick together and help each other as they complete their mission.
The are so many other entertaining and deep moments in this book, but Kaye and Corny’s resolutions were the highlights. Unfortunately, this book will not have the same impact if you haven’t read Tithe. Therefore, read Tithe just so you can really appreciate Black’s best work in the Modern Faerie Tale series.